Arctic Science Summit Week 2020

Scientist on ice as part of first leg of MOSAiC expedition 2020.

Arctic Science
Summit Week
Join Arctic Science Summit Week 2020 virtually!

Online | 27 March - 2 April | #ASSW2020
Convened by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
Hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Research and the University of Akureyri

Science for a Sustainable Arctic: Science for a Sustainable Arctic is an international assembly bringing together international policymakers and scientists to discuss key Arctic issues. The event will be held online, and registration is open to everybody.

Expedition Timeline

Use the interactive timeline below to explore with the new cohort of educators and researchers!

2019 Expedition Timeline

Latest Journals

26 March 2020 We Are Almost to the End

By: Sarah Slack
Lenticular cloud formation
Yesterday was our scheduled return to Punta Arenas, Chile, but because of some heavy ice and a brief detour from our planned route, we are a few days behind. We're now scheduled to get to port in Chile at 10:00 AM local time on Sunday, March 29. Our journey home beyond that is still not clear, but…

23 March 2020 The Adventure Continues

By: Sarah Slack
Night shift selfie
The Adventure Continues Yesterday, we dropped off the ten members of our team who came from the UK at the British research station Rothera on the Antarctica peninsula. It should be easier for them to get home quickly and easily from that location. After close to 60 days at sea together and all that…

20 March 2020 March Equinox

By: Katie Gavenus
Branch with leafbuds and fuzzy flowers
Right now, it is easy for many of us to lose track of time and seasonal milestones. Indeed, with all the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, I nearly missed one of my favorite seasonal milestones. It is the March Equinox! This seems like a particularly important time to take a moment and appreciate…

20 March 2020 A Little Art Project

By: Sarah Slack
Styrofoam cup before
Hey everybody - guess what happened to my Styrofoam cup??!! Styrofoam cup before Styrofoam cup after

12 March 2020 April 2020 Alaska Arctic Trip Officially Cancelled

By: Sarah Johnson
Utqiagvik Buoy Exercise 2020 Cancelled
THIS Time - There WILL Be Another Time As expected, the National Science Foundation, PolarTREC, and The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) have officially canceled my participation in the April 2020 Arctic science expedition. The Office of Naval Research and University of…

19 March 2020 The Stress Sweats

By: Erin Towns
Erin Towns reliving the nightmare of the stress sweats she encountered during the application process.
Surviving the PolarTREC Application Process As a teacher there is one thing that absolutely terrifies me. Sweat rings. There is nothing worse for a high school teacher than a bunch of students pointing them out. The application process for PolarTREC introduced me to a whole new kind of sweating.…

PolarTREC Updates

PolarTREC Orientation Goes Virtual

PolarTREC Orientation Goes Virtual

PolarTREC educators from across the country are attending their orientation virtually this week due to the cancellation of the in-person meeting that was to take place in Boulder, CO. Learn more about their upcoming 2020-2021 expeditions to various Arctic and Antarctic research sites and onboard research vessels.

Now Archived! PolarConnect Event with Sarah Slack

icebergs can frequently be seen from the deck of the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer

In case you missed it, learn what it’s like to live and work aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer sailing in the Amundsen Sea near West Antarctica. PolarTREC educator Sarah Slack and researcher Dr. Frank Nitsche discuss the fieldwork investigating the Thwaites glacier, surrounding waters, and seafloor in West Antarctica. They also talk about what it's like to be part of a large research team and to live on a research vessel. You can view the archive here


What is PolarTREC?

STEM at the Poles! Research Experiences for Formal and Informal Educators in the Polar Regions is the newest iteration of PolarTREC. The educators (formal and informal) come from the United States and spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica, working side by side with scientists. STEM at the Poles is professional development for educators across all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines connecting them to the polar regions and the research community; developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) resources; and changing how they teach STEM in both informal and formal learning environments. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS).

Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

Find people, expeditions, and resources

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Lesson plans, activities, articles, web links and more can be found in our resources section.